Upcoming Events

September

09 September 2018

The Board Secretary Role - Governance & Decision Making - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
09 September 2018 - 13 September 2018
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 5000 USD
Price (Non-Members): 5500 USD

Description:
Overview
Board secretaries have an important role to play as governance professionals in all types of organisations in the private, public, and not-for- profit sectors. Governance is more than just complying with laws, regulations, standards, and codes; it is also about creating cultures of good practice. This means that board secretaries need more than the technical skills and experience to know what corporate governance practices are needed in an organisation and why.

They also need the emotional intelligence, skills, and experience to ensure that they know how the practices typically would be implemented to work effectively. The modern board secretary provides professional guidance to shareholders, boards, individual directors, management, and other stakeholders on the governance aspects of strategic decisions.

Assessment
Each of the workshops will be followed by a multiple choice exam. This is optional for all the participants but compulsory for those who wish to be certified.

Certification
A participant will become certified by GCC BDI once they have completed all four workshops and passed the multiple choice exams.

Who Should Attend?
-Appointed and aspiring board secretaries, company secretaries and governance professionals.
-Anyone involved in companies law and regulatory compliance.
-Anyone seeking a better understanding of the role of the board secretary who has responsibility for corporate governance practices and interaction with the board.

Facilitators:
Alison Dillon Kibirige


Alison Dillon Kibirige is a global expert on corporate governance (Governance, Ethics, CSR and Risk Management). Alison has worked for the IFC/Global Corporate Governance Forum on projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi. Alison has worked globally for over 25 years as a company secretary, previously as Secretary to the main Boards of Unilever and Barclays in London. She has also set up and worked as a director in several SMEs. Alison has also been involved in numerous consultations with governments, regulators and industry and professional bodies in Africa, Europe and the US. She is a Fellow of ICSA and a UK solicitor. Alison was awarded the 2013 ICSA President’s Medal for Meritorious Service, the inaugural ICSA Company Secretary of the Year award in 2005 and has also won awards globally for her work with shareholders.















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October

22 October 2018

Family Governance - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
22 October 2018 - 22 October 2018
Venue: Khoshaim & Associates, 17th Floor, Tower B, Olaya Towers,، Riyadh Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
Overview
Business Families are significant contributors to the world’s economy. Developing and improving the corporate governance of a family business contributes to improved performance and access to finance while increasing the odds of survival through generations. The alignment of different interests leads to consensus harmony inside the family as well as the enterprise. The implementation of an effective governance structure, regulating rights and obligations, avoids misunderstandings and favours the alignment of interests. Corporate governance practices provide a means for ensuring sustained company performance and embedding the values of accountability and transparency in organizations. Developing and improving the corporate governance of a family business contributes to improved performance and access to finance while increasing the odds of survival through generations.

This one-day workshop will cover:
• What is Family Governance and why it is important
• Family communications
• Family Councils and Family Offices
• Governing policies
• Legal structures
• Succession planning

THE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Designed specifically for family business owners, relatives and directors, GCC BDI Family Governance Program is a one-day learning and networking forum that aims to:
• Delve into the fundamentals of family business governance, including the parameters of corporate governance methodology for family owned companies, the structure and functioning of the board and developing family governance structures and policies such as a family council and a family constitution.
• Provide insights into leading practices that enable family businesses to professionalize the business and prepare for succession.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
• Family business founders and/or owners;
• Family members involved in management;
• Board members of family businesses; and CEO/MD of family firms.
• Several members of the same organization or family are encouraged to attend.

Facilitators:
ZAYED KHOSHAIM


Zeyad is the Managing Partner of Khoshaim & Associates and Partner, Allen & Overy. He is a New York & Saudi Arabian qualified lawyer who specializes in advising corporate multinationals in structuring and financing major projects, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions in the KSA. Since 2003, he has advised and led on some of Saudi Arabia’s most high profile energy, petrochemical & healthcare related projects. He is also actively engaged in advising leading commercial and investment banking firms in KSA.
JANE VALLS


Jane is the Managing Director at GCC Board Directors Institute. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ethics Institute of South Africa. Jane has held senior management and board positions with international companies and over 30 years’ experience in aviation, hospitality and ITC sectors. Her other areas of expertise include: corporate governance, business ethics, leadership, consultancy and training, strategy and organizational development.












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23 October 2018

Managing Conflict of Interest - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
23 October 2018 - 23 October 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
Board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the organization that they serve in an ethical manner. Some aspects of good governance, such as the management of a conflict of interest, are based on the circumstances and can involve a subjective assessment. Regulations require directors to declare their interests, so it is important to know how to manage this complex area.

This 1 day interactive workshop will cover:
• What constitutes a conflict of interest
• Case studies and examples of conflicts of interest
• Boards and Directors Roles and Responsibilities in relation to such conflicts
• Legal Duties of Boards
• Dealing with dilemmas: practical steps for managing conflicts of interest
• Global trends and best practices for dealing with conflicts of interest

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or who report to the Board.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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November

14 November 2018 - 15 November 2018

Foundations of Directorship - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
14 November 2018 - 15 November 2018
Venue: Dubai, UAE
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
OVERVIEW:
The Foundations of Directorship is a 2-day workshop which deals with contemporary issues and challenges that typically face GCC boards today. Through discussions and pragmatic experience-sharing, facilitators and participants explore and analyse potential solutions, tools and effective practices.

OBJECTIVES:
- The workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
- To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences;
- To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

This interactive workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.
1. Board composition and directors’ capabilities
2. Director duties and responsibilities
3. Board structure, processes and protocols
4. Delivery on roles of the board
5. Effective board dynamics
6. Board review and renewal

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience but also for seasoned directors wanting to update themselves on the latest trends for boards.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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14 November 2018

Alumni Networking Dinner - Dubai, UAE
Networking Dinner
14 November 2018 - 14 November 2018
Venue: Dubai
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 0 USD
Price (Non-Members): 0 USD

Description:
You are cordially invited to attend an exclusive GCC BDI Alumni Dinner.

This will be an evening of fine dining, meaningful networking and interesting insights with GCC BDI Members from around the GCC region.

This complimentary event is designed to encourage connections and community among our prestigious network of board directors, it is also an opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumnus and meet new members.

Please RSVP today to vaoa.kerr@gccbdi.org

14 November 2018
6.30pm,
Dubai, UAE

"...But equally useful and enjoyable were networking opportunities with other distinguished people attending the workshops with different backgrounds/ expertise, and from different industries and countries; I have learned from them and made new friends"

Prof. Ibrahim A. Kadi, Director, Saudi Telecom Company and GCC BDI Member

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December

12 December 2018 - 13 December 2018

Mastering the Boardroom - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
12 December 2018 - 13 December 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 14
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Objectives:
The Mastering the Boardroom workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
- To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences.
- To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

Module design
- Throughout the course of this highly interactive workshop we aim to cover four broad themes. We first review the role of the chairman in building an effective board closely followed by succession planning. We then delve into risk management and strategy.
- For each theme a theoretical case study will be presented to encourage debate and discussion relating to personal experience and contemporary issues.
- We end each session reflecting on what we can do collectively and individually to improve effectiveness in our boards.

Participants will walk away with tools they can share with their board(s) in order to help ensure sustainability and longevity despite any challenges they may face.

This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards:

1: The Role of the Chairman
2: Strategy
3: Risk Management
4: Succession Planning

Who Should Attend?
Mastering the Boardroom is specifically designed for more seasoned board members with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, who have already completed the Foundations of Directorship workshop, and who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and professional development, and who can enrich the sessions by sharing their experiences with their peers.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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